New Jersey Field Office
Northeast Region

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The New Jersey Field Office serves the State of New Jersey by protecting endangered species, supporting Federal planning, abating contamination, and partnering with landowners to restore wildlife habitats.

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Proactive Conservation: A Guide for Federal Agency Compliance with Section 7(a)(1) of the Endangered Species Act New

Programmatic Biological Opinion for Structural Aquaculture [6.5-MB PDF]. 2019 Reissued Aquaculture Conservation Measures.New

Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment for Operable Unit 1 of the Chemical Leaman Tank Lines Superfund Site available for public review and comment.
Announcement of Public Availability / Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment

Plant Protection Strips

blackpoll warbler

Vernal pool construction

Pictured above: Partners Biologist, Marc Virgilio, uses the Service’s mini-excavator to restore vernal pools. In spring 2017 the Service worked with a private landowner to excavate vernal pool habitat on a farm in Sussex County. The area is known to contain natural springs and the hills adjacent to the vernal pools mean there is a good chance that salamanders will use the newly restored habitat. Projects like these are important because they provide access to vernal pool habitat for reproduction without the danger of crossing a busy road. The project was sponsored by the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, which is a voluntary program dedicated to habitat restoration in NJ.

Northern NJ is home to several species of “mole” salamanders, such as blue-spotted and Jefferson salamanders. As their name suggests, mole salamanders spend most of their lives underground, in upland forests. Once a year they migrate from the ridge tops to vernal pools (small water bodies that only hold water part of the year) in the lowlands. Often times, mole salamanders have to cross busy roads to access the vernal pools that are required for breeding. The migration can be so intense, that local roads have to be closed to protect the public from the slippery conditions that can result from lots of salamanders on the road. Learn more about salamander migration.

Columbia Dam

 Columbia Dam Removal

Final permits have been issued to make way for the removal of the Columbia Dam, located on the Paulins Kill River, New Jersey. The removal of this 18-foot tall, 130-foot long concrete dam will open 11 miles of the Paulins Kill River to the Delaware River for the first time in 109 years, restoring riverine ecological integrity and allowing American shad to return to their historic spawning grounds. Dam removal is scheduled for fall of 2018.

Further information regarding the removal of the Columbia Dam can be found in the Final Addendum to the Combe Fill South Restoration Plan. The plan announces two restoration actions for implementation: 1) the removal of the Columbia Dam, located on the Paulins Kill River; and 2) activities associated with the removal of the Warren Glen Dam, located on the Musconetcong River.

Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Addendum for the Combe Fill South Landfill Superfund Site

Last updated: April 8, 2019
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